Telecommunications

  • March 23, 2005

    University of Texas Sues Phone Makers Over Text Messaging Patent

    The University of Texas has filed a patent lawsuit against 14 mobile telecommunications equipment makers, claiming that they infringe a university professor’s invention that lets users type in words recognized by their handsets when they send text messages.

  • March 16, 2005

    RIM To Pay $450M to Settle BlackBerry Suit

    Canada’s Research In Motion Ltd has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve NTP Inc.’s patent lawsuit over its Blackberry wireless devices.

  • March 11, 2005

    Symbol Technologies Countersues Intermec In RFID Patent Dispute

    Wireless gear maker Symbol Technologies has countersued Intermec Technologies Corp. for patent infringement in a dispute over a standard for an emerging wireless tracking technology that could one day replace bar codes on packaged goods.

  • March 1, 2005

    RIAA Appeals DMCA Case Vs. Charter Comms.

    The recording industry has appealed a federal court's ruling that it can't compel internet service providers to identify music downloaders under the 1988 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

  • February 22, 2005

    Appeals Judges Question FCC Anti-Piracy Rule

    A Washington, DC appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to new federal rules requiring certain video devices to incorporate technology to prevent online piracy of digitally broadcast programming.

  • January 12, 2005

    Nokia Sues InterDigital Over 3G Patents

    Finnish mobile handset maker Nokia Corp. has filed a federal lawsuit against InterDigital Communications Corp. over a patent related to third-generation (3G) mobile-phone technology.

  • January 6, 2005

    ITC Agrees To Probe Texas Instruments, Kenwood In Patent Dispute

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate claims that electronics makers Texas Instruments and Kenwood Corp. are infringing patents used in digital terrestrial radio tuners marketed in the U.S.

  • January 5, 2005

    Appeals Court Affirms Ruling Against Music Industry Over DMCA Subpoenas

    A second U.S. appeals court has ruled that the recording industry can’t use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to compel internet service providers to divulge the identities of users who illegally download copyrighted music files.

  • January 5, 2005

    Judge Sides With Qualcomm In Trade Secrets Case

    A federal judge has granted wireless technology company Qualcomm’s request for a preliminary injunction against a company accused of misappropriating its trade secrets to make competing computer chips for mobile phones.

  • December 16, 2004

    Acacia Buys Patent Holding Company With 27 Patent Portfolios

    In a move certain to raise red flags, the company behind a wave of controversial patent lawsuits over streaming media and wireless internet technology has vastly expanded its patent portfolio.

  • December 6, 2004

    Akamai Settles Patent Suit Vs. Cable & Wireless Unit

    Akamai Technologies Inc. has agreed to a cash settlement in its long-standing dispute with a bankrupt unit of Cable & Wireless over patents for content delivery technology, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said.

  • November 30, 2004

    Analog Devices Settles Patent Lawsuits Brought By Motorola, Inventor Of Modem Technology

    Chip maker Analog Devices has settled two separate patent lawsuits brought against the company by telecom equipment maker Motorola and the inventor of a standard for dial-up modem technology.

  • November 29, 2004

    WIPO Snubs U.S. Bid To Extend Broadcasting Treaty To Webcasts

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has rejected a proposal by the U.S. to extend copyright protection for television and radio productions to cover webcasting on the internet in a revised broadcast treaty.

  • November 16, 2004

    Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over "Wireless Eyewear"

    A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing a California product design firm of misappropriating trade secrets related to a eyewear with Bluetooth wireless technology.

  • November 9, 2004

    Nortel Settles Copyright, Trade Secrets Suit Vs. Internet Exchange

    Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp. has settled a copyright and trade secrets case it brought in July against Arbinet-thExchange Inc., an internet-based business-to-business trading exchange.

  • November 8, 2004

    NEC Sues Harris Over Wireless Communications Gear

    Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. has sued U.S. rival Harris Corp. in federal courts in the U.S. and Canada for allegedly infringing patents for wireless communications technology.

  • November 2, 2004

    Cisco Sued Over Router Technology Patents

    A small intellectual property holding company in Florida has sued computer-networking equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. in federal court, alleging that Cisco infringed on patents for routing technology.

  • November 3, 2004

    Verizon, Nextel Settle Trademark Dispute Over "Push-To-Talk"

    In an agreement that took many observers by surprise, mobile telecommunications operators Verizon Wireless and Nextel Communications Inc. have settled a 15-month legal dispute the right to the “push-to-talk” trademark.

  • October 19, 2004

    U.S. Radio Stations Sign Record $1.7B Licensing Deal

    U.S. songwriters and commercial radio stations have penned a record $1.7 billion licensing deal covering royalties for music played on the radio and online.

  • October 12, 2004

    Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case On DMCA Subpoenas In Piracy Lawsuits

    The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take on the music industry’s appeal of a lower court’s finding that circumscribed the use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 to obtain subpoenas for the identities of suspected music pirates from internet service providers.